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Media reports say Scottish Power will go 100% wind

More for myself, as a reference to look back to than to comment on, I was intrigued to check various article titles seen recently, and confirm that they did indeed refer specifically to wind power rather than the more general term ‘renewables’.

Like the subject of EVs (electric vehicles), or even the more generalised heading of ICE (internal combustion engine or fossil fuelled vehicles), this really seems to bring out the blind (in so far as they choose not to see), the moronic, the mad, and of course, the conspiracy theorists, which probably includes those who state either that we don’t need renewables, ever, or that there is no reason not to just carry on using oil etc.

I’ve found there’s little or no point even trying to debate with them, their views are fixed, and they are RIGHT! Or, as I heard someone else put it – Never argue with someone who believes their own lies. (That one kind of reminds me of someone who calls themselves the ‘Scottish Scientist’ and seems to live in the comments section of The Scotsman, posting voluminous tripe as if it was fact. I’ve learned who he is, and he’s one nasty piece of work.)

It remarkable to see “Scottish Power plans to invest £5.2bn over four years to more than double its renewables capacity”, especially since the conspiracy theorists who are telling us wind can’t generate enough electricity ALSO tell us that the suppliers are suppressing wind (and other renewables) to force the use of fossil fuels. BOTH can’t be right (unless you think like a conspiracy theorist).

It’s a long-term plan, and, much like the case of EVs (which the big car makers were supposedly suppressing to force people to keep driving ICE), I suspect the others will suddenly follow the lead of the first company to do this, as has happened with cars, as the big makers are now all competing to get their EV out first.

I’d waffle on, and give logical, reasoned opinions regarding this, but as noted in the opening, this post is really just for my benefit, as a marker so I don’t forget about this, and can revisit it in future so see how things are progressing – and if any other providers have joined the race.

The issue is simply not ‘if’ this sort of thing is done, it’s ‘when’.

Scottish Power to use 100% wind power after Drax sale

(The BBC allowed comments after this article, so if you are feeling glum just have a read through them – you’ll soon be laughing after seeing some of the anti-wind and anti-renewables comments from the nut-jobs. I even saw David Icke’s name somewhere in there.)

Just to wind up some of the anti-wind power types, I thought I’d drop this in, showing that not all wind turbines look the same.

Don’t expect to see many of these though, as the industry has to work with a common design – see VHS vs Betamax for example (sad, but true).

There are more, this is only a recent sample.

Sad to say that there are some really smart and ingenious designs out there, but if you have a genuine engineering brain cell, you’ll be aware that scaling physical devices up is not always practical, as the mass rises with the cube of the dimensions (and the energy rises with the square of velocity), so many ideas have to be dumped as they may work well with small models, but just get too heavy (and destroy themselves) when they get bigger.

And that’s why many designs have been dropped, and not, as the conspiracy theorists would have you believe, because some industry bought them up purely to take them off the market, and suppress them because they were ‘Too Good’,

Alternate Wind Turbines

Alternate Wind Turbines

Update

While I realise the US is not the UK, or Scotland of course, generation is the same around the world – just some of the criteria change.

Only morons won’t realise that these changes are coming, wherever you are.

Remember, I don’t quote gurus, activists, or people with agendas, just actual stories of work that is being done in the real world.

More electricity in the U.S. is now produced using natural gas, and wind and solar are on the rise. These renewable sources produced a negligible percentage of U.S. electricity in 2001 and now account for more than 7 percent.

ALSO READ: California Legislature passes zero-carbon power plan for 2045

As an example of the efficiency of new renewable energy sources, the Financial Times cites a Colorado project in which regulators approved a move by Xcel Energy to save customers $200 million by shutting down a 660-megawatt coal plant and replacing it with 1.1 gigawatts of wind power, 700 megawatts of solar and 275 megawatts of battery storage—all of which until recently were considered prohibitively expensive.

In a speech at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in June, Xcel CEO Ben Fowke, said, “It’s not a matter of if we’re going to retire our coal fleet in this nation, it’s just a matter of when.”

Wind and solar cost less than coal for power

 

 

 

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13/11/2018 - Posted by | Civilian | , ,

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